Fuller Goldsmith, Winner of ‘Chopped Junior,’ Dies at Age 17 After Cancer Battle

by Keeli Parkey
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Fuller Goldsmith had just entered his teenage years when he became a champion on the Food Network series “Chopped Junior.” Sadly, only a few years later, Goldsmith has passed away.

According to The Sun, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, the young man was only 17 years old at the time of his death. And like so many people who have passed away at such a young age, it was cancer that claimed his life.

Cancer was something Fuller Goldsmith, a native of Alabama, battled throughout his brief time on Earth. He was first diagnosed with leukemia when he was just 3 years old. However, in August 2020, he reported that he was cancer-free.

Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with leukemia for the fifth time in February 2021. Goldsmith had gone to the doctor because he was suffering from dizziness and nausea. Tests were performed and his doctors found a brain tumor.

He shared details about his diagnosis on Feb. 6, 2021, via Instagram. “After weeks of dizziness and nausea my doctors found a brain tumor. I will have surgery on Tuesday and they are hopeful it can be removed. If it is cancer I’m ready to fight to keep my winning streak going. #notgivingup #ihatecancer,” he posted.

‘I’m Ready to Fight’ Was the Message Fuller Goldsmith Shared Regarding His Final Battle With Cancer

Almost two weeks later, on Feb. 19, Fuller Goldsmith shared another update about his health. The prognosis, he said at the time, was not as positive as it could have been.

“Unfortunately the news regarding the tumor was not what I was hoping. The same Leukemia is back. The plan is to start proton radiation at UAB as soon as I can….hopefully within the next two weeks. I will have 12 days of radiation and then more chemo to make sure it’s gone once and for all. Round 5- I’m ready to fight! #allidoiswin,” he also posted.

Fuller Goldsmith shared a similar message about his cancer battle diagnosis on his Instagram account on Feb. 28, 2021. At the time he announced that leukemia was “trying to come back.” He also added “#cancersucks.”

When he appeared on “Chopped Junior” at the young age of 13, Goldsmith talked about how cooking kept him motivated and kept his spirits up while he battled cancer. “When I was diagnosed, Chopped was the only thing that got me up and cooking,” he said.

Fuller Goldsmith attended the Tuscaloosa Academy. He was also often found in the kitchens at Southern Ale House where he cooked. Brett Garner, the executive chef there, said that Goldsmith was like a “little brother” to him.

Cal Holt, another member of the Southern Ale House family, also commented on Goldsmith’s passing. “Our collective hearts are broken,” he said.

The “Chopped Junior” television series is a spinoff of the popular Food Network show, “Chopped.” Goldsmith won his episode in 2017. He was just 13 years old at the time.